Chocolate Granola (Grain Free)

This granola is made with nuts and seeds, so it's very filling and nutrient dense. It's great with yogurt or milk and fruit! 

ingredients

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter (or coconut oil)
  • 4 Tablespoons raw cacao or natural cocoa powder
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4-1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

method

  1. Soak walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts covered in water with a pinch of salt overnight or for about 8 hours (soaking the nuts first removes enzyme inhibitors, making them easier to digest and making nutrients easier to absorb). 
  2.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  3. Drain and rinse the nuts and quickly dry them in a cloth towel.
  4. Place the nuts in the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly until just coarsely chopped.
  5. Gently melt together the butter and honey in a small saucepan over low heat stirring continually to combine.
  6. Add in the cacao or natural cocoa powder along with a pinch of salt and the vanilla to the butter mixture and whisk to blend until well combined.
  7. Add the chocolate and butter mixture to the food processor and pulse to combine.
  8. Add the chia seeds and shredded coconut to the bowl and pulse again until everything is about the size of oats.
  9. Spread mixture evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 4 hours, or until dry and crispy. Let granola cool, then store in an airtight container. Enjoy!